How Your Gynecologist Can Help Maximize Your Sexual Health

You may wonder how your gynecologist can help maximize your sexual health, and the truth is they can help, but only if you let them. Since many women would prefer to keep their sexual pleasure or lack thereof to themselves, it’s impossible to get any help if you don’t ask.

Your Sexual Health Is Personal, Yes, But…

If you were having pain during intercourse, most likely you would tell Women’s Health Partners. If you were having an unusual discharge, you would go to your gynecologist for a diagnosis and treatment.

Unfortunately when it comes to problems with sexual arousal or pleasure, many women don’t share that information with their doctor. It could be due to embarrassment, fear of judgment, or even more commonly a false acceptance that it’s normal.

Women who were raised with certain taboos don’t feel comfortable talking about this subject, even with their doctor. No matter your age, sex should be something all women can and should enjoy.

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Some Common Causes Of Libido Issues

It’s not unusual for women to have issues around sexual arousal and satisfaction. The causes can be physical or emotional, and include some of the following:

  • Depression and anxiety can lead to libido problems
  • Certain prescribed meds for depression can suppress sexual stimulation and enjoyment
  • Chronic diseases like diabetes and thyroid disease can affect libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Chronic pain like fibromyalgia
  • Diet and lack of exercise
  • Lack of sleep
  • Lack of intimacy in the relationship

In addition, there is a condition known as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder or HSDD. This affects a woman’s ability to become aroused separate from the causes listed above. There are treatments available for HSDD including medications, therapy and counseling.

Don’t underestimate the level of stress in your life and how it could be affecting your sexual health.

Strategies To Maximize Your Sexual Health

Even if you are nervous or anxious about discussing libido issues, there are ways to make it a bit easier.

Make an appointment to discuss your issues with Women’s Health Partners separate from your normal check up, and write down all your questions ahead of time. That way you won’t forget anything, and it will help with any nervousness.

Perform some “due diligence” and read about possible reasons for your specific problem. For example, If you are taking antidepressants, talk with your doctor about options.

Be honest and open about everything.

Your gynecologist is there to help you with any issue, so give them the opportunity to help you find solutions.

Contact Women’s Health Partners to discuss any sexual health issues by calling our Boca Raton office at (561) 368-3775, our Boynton office at (561) 734-5710, or request an appointment online today. 

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Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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